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GP Canada, gara–11/06/2017

Lewis Hamilton cuts Sebastian Vettel’s F1 lead with Canadian GP win

Lewis Hamilton slashed title rival Sebastian Vettel’s Formula 1 championship lead with a dominant victory in the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

Hamilton led away from pole and remained unchallenged for most of the 70-lap race to cross the line 19.7 seconds clear of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo completed the podium, with Vettel recovering to fourth place having dropped to last after sustaining damage at the start

That happened when Max Verstappen made a lightning getaway from fifth, going around the outside of Vettel at the start to take second behind Hamilton.

But with Bottas simultaneously attacking Vettel on the inside, the Ferrari found itself squeezed and damaged its front wing on Verstappen’s left-rear wheel.

Vettel continued initially but was soon forced to pit when part of the wing broke off, dropping him to 18th and last.

The race had been neutralised on the opening lap, when the safety car was called into action following a collision between Carlos Sainz Jr and Romain Grosjean.

Sainz appeared to move across on Grosjean on the straight after Turn 2, causing contact that pitched the Toro Rosso into a spin approaching Turn 3.

The out-of-control Sainz violently collected an innocent Felipe Massa. Both were out but unhurt, while Grosjean had to pit for a new front wing.

Hamilton held off an attack from Verstappen at the safety car restart but that challenge ended when the Red Bull driver pulled off track at Turn 2 soon afterwards with a mechanical problem, prompting a virtual safety car.

With new second-place man Bottas unable to provide a challenge to his team-mate, Hamilton was able to control the pace at the front and clinch his third win of the season and sixth in Canada.

He moved to within 12 points of championship leader Vettel as Mercedes achieved its first one-two of the season.

While the Mercedes had a serene race on a one-stop strategy, Ferrari made a mid-race switch to a two-stopper for its out-of-position drivers.

Kimi Raikkonen had dropped behind Sergio Perez’s Force India when he made a mistake in the early laps.

Vettel made rapid progress through the midfielders and was closing on his team-mate into the second half of the race when their strategies changed.

Raikkonen was first to make an extra stop and initially stayed ahead of Vettel, only to run off-track at the final chicane when his car developed brake problems that left him limping to the finish.

That left Vettel clear to chase down a podium battle in which Ricciardo was hanging on ahead of the Force Indias.

Esteban Ocon was catching Perez after making a later pitstop, prompting Force India to ask them to swap places.

Perez insisted the team let them race and it proved costly as their wheel-to-wheel fight allowed Vettel to get a run and dive down the inside of Ocon into the first corner in a bold move.

While Ocon skittered over the run-off, Vettel pushed on after Perez, running off track briefly at Turns 8 and 9 but then making a pass stick at the final chicane for fourth.

Despite an angry Ocon’s best efforts, Perez clung on to fifth.

Raikkonen nursed his Ferrari home in seventh, just ahead of Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault.

Lance Stroll scored the first points of his F1 career with ninth in front of his home crowd.

He earned that by battling through the midfield after a relatively early stop.

A late pitstop meant Fernando Alonso ran as high as fourth, despite losing ground taking to the grass to avoid the Sainz/Massa collision on lap one.

Even after being passed by Stroll’s more powerful Williams, Alonso stuck with the rookie and was on course to score McLaren-Honda’s first point of 2017 only to retire with an engine problem on the penultimate lap.

While Alonso climbed into the grandstand to meet fans, his retirement elevated the recovering Grosjean to the final point – just ahead of Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen, who lost ground with a penalty for overtaking Stoffel Vandoorne under VSC conditions.

Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat had a bizarre race – failing to get away for the formation lap, then being given a drivethrough penalty for regaining his grid slot, a further time penalty as the stewards deemed their first sanction was "incorrect" and then having a chaotic pitstop just after complaining of vibrations. He ultimately retired from last place.


Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h33m05.154s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 19.783s
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 35.297s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 35.907s
5 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 40.476s
6 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 40.716s
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 58.632s
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m00.374s
9 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1 Lap
10 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1 Lap
11 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1 Lap
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1 Lap
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
14 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
15 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 2 Laps
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda Power Unit
Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault Wheel
Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault Battery
Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault Collision
Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes Collision


Pos Driver Points
1 Sebastian Vettel 141
2 Lewis Hamilton 129
3 Valtteri Bottas 93
4 Kimi Raikkonen 73
5 Daniel Ricciardo 67
6 Max Verstappen 45
7 Sergio Perez 44
8 Esteban Ocon 27
9 Carlos Sainz 25
10 Felipe Massa 20
11 Nico Hulkenberg 18
12 Romain Grosjean 10
13 Kevin Magnussen 5
14 Pascal Wehrlein 4
15 Daniil Kvyat 4
16 Lance Stroll 2
17 Jolyon Palmer 0
18 Marcus Ericsson 0
19 Fernando Alonso 0
20 Antonio Giovinazzi 0
21 Stoffel Vandoorne 0


Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 222
2 Ferrari 214
3 Red Bull/Renault 112
4 Force India/Mercedes 71
5 Toro Rosso/Renault 29
6 Williams/Mercedes 22
7 Renault 18
8 Haas/Ferrari 15
9 Sauber/Ferrari 4
10 McLaren/Honda 0

Da Autosport.com

GP Canada, commenti post qualifiche–10/06/2017

Raikkonen says he paid the price for a mistake in F1 qualifying

Kimi Raikkonen said he "paid the price" for a mistake when it counted in the closing moments of Formula 1 qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Finn, who set the pace during Friday practice, had to settle for fourth on the grid, and he believes he was capable of more than that if he hadn’t made an error on his final run.

"There was a lot of speed on the last lap, but I made a mistake in corner two," said Raikkonen.

"I improved a little bit, but I couldn’t make the lap very good, and I paid the price for it.

"It was a little bit more tricky today than yesterday just to get a good feeling with the tyres, but that’s how it goes."

While his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel ended up three tenths of a second adrift of an inspired Lewis Hamilton in the fight for pole, Raikkonen was nearly eight tenths back, which he described as "not a surprise".

"At places like this, if you get one corner wrong, you’re going to lose massive lap time," he said.

"Our car has been good, but for whatever reason we’ve struggled a bit in qualifying."

However, Raikkonen believes the race "will be a different story", with the Montreal venue traditionally throwing up unexpected circumstances and incident-packed grands prix.

"Often it’s quite a hectic race here, a lot of things happen," he said.

"You never know here, it’s one of those places things can change quite quickly.

"We’ll try again, we’ll see what happens. We should have good speed."

Da Autosport.com

Kimi Raikkonen pushes for F1 to change its blue flag rules

Kimi Raikkonen has called for a change to Formula 1’s blue flag regulations after he was caught behind traffic in the Monaco Grand Prix while fighting for the win.

Raikkonen felt he lost too much time behind backmarkers around the pitstops in Monaco, which cost him time relative to team-mate and eventual race winner Sebastian Vettel.

The subject came up in Friday’s drivers’ briefing in Montreal, where Raikkonen raised it with F1 race director Charlie Whiting.

Under the International Sporting Code drivers have "to allow the faster driver past at the first available opportunity" after the FIA blue lights in their cockpits are illuminated.

Drivers first get a "pre-warning’ when they are three seconds ahead of a car almost a lap ahead, which the FIA says "should be used by the team of the slower car to warn their driver he is soon going to be lapped and that allowing the faster car through should be considered a priority."

Last year the FIA changed the gap that automatically triggers the signals that a driver has to move over for the leading cars, reducing it from 1.5s to 1.0s.

While the reduction in time gap worked well in 2016, some drivers have reported that it has become more problematic this season because of the difficulties inherent in following other cars with the current aero package.

Following Raikkonen raising the issue in Canada, Whiting told the drivers that the gap won’t be changed, reportedly pointing out that drivers don’t seem to have any trouble when they are racing the car ahead.

Also discussed in the briefing was the question of drivers going very slowly at the approach to the final corner in Montreal as they try to create a gap in front before starting their flying lap – something Lewis Hamilton was keen to discuss with Whiting on Friday.

Carlos Sainz Jr received a reprimand after slowing and not realising that Kevin Magnussen, who was behind, was on a flying lap.

One suggestion was that drivers create their gap earlier, and don’t go slowly beyond the DRS line, which is around a third of the way along the preceding straight.

Da Autosport.com

GP Canada, prove del sabato–10/06/2017

Lewis Hamilton upstages Ferrari to take Canadian Grand Prix pole

Lewis Hamilton convincingly beat Formula 1 title rival Sebastian Vettel to pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix, as Mercedes finally came to life in qualifying at the Montreal circuit.

Ferrari had set the pace in Friday practice and was well ahead in Saturday morning’s final session too, but Hamilton lapped below 1m12.9s for the first time this weekend in Q1 and never looked back.

He was fastest of all in Q2 on a 1m12.496s before smashing through the 1m12s barrier to claim pole in Q3 – matching his hero Ayrton Senna’s tally of 65 career pole positions.

Hamilton took provisional pole with a 1m11.791s lap on his first run, before Vettel attempted to respond, falling short by just 0.004 seconds thanks to a wild moment coming out of the Turn 6/7 chicane.

Hamilton then lowered his own benchmark to 1m11.459s on his second run to seal pole, before Vettel shaved 0.006s off his own best time.

This allowed the Ferrari driver to beat Hamilton’s earlier Q3 best, but still left Vettel 0.336s short of taking the top spot.

Valtteri Bottas was third fastest in the second Mercedes. He was fractionally quicker than Hamilton in Q1 and not far behind in Q2, but was well beaten in Q3, finishing over seven tenths of a second down on his team-mate.

Friday pacesetter Kimi Raikkonen brushed the wall in Q1 and ended up fourth fastest overall in the second Ferrari, complaining of a "really shit" first corner on his quickest lap.

The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo annexed row three of the grid, separated by 0.154s, with Verstappen lapping within two tenths of the second Ferrari.

Felipe Massa was seventh fastest for Williams and the only other driver to lap below 1m13s, ahead of Force India pairing Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, and impressive Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg, who rounded out the top 10.

Neither Toro Rosso driver made it through to Q3, after a messy session that featured a spin for Carlos Sainz Jr at Turn 1 and Daniil Kvyat glancing the wall at Turn 9 and picking up a puncture.

Kvyat wound up 11th quickest, 0.284s shy of the cut, while Sainz was 13th.

Fernando Alonso split the Toro Rossos by lapping his McLaren-Honda 12th fastest, only 0.003s shy of beating Kvyat and despite initially complaining of having less power available from the engine than he’d enjoyed in Q1.

Romain Grosjean struggled with a lack of grip from his final set of ultra-soft Pirelli tyres, saying they gave him "absolutely nothing" as he wound up 14th.

Jolyon Palmer was 15th in the second of the two works Renaults, also complaining of "no grip". He was within two tenths of team-mate Hulkenberg in Q1, but struggled badly in Q2, including suffering a brief off at Turn 1.

A crash for Pascal Wehrlein’s Sauber at the same corner curtailed the climax to Q1, as it forced several drivers to abandon late efforts to improve.

Having complained about being used by his team-mate ‘unfairly’ for a tow in the second half of the session, Sainz managed to squeak into Q2.

Sainz lapped 0.131s clear of Stoffel Vandoorne’s McLaren-Honda, which was eliminated in Q1 for the sixth time in seven attempts this season.

Lance Stroll also failed to escape the bottom five in qualifying for his home race, the Williams rookie finishing the session 0.027s behind Vandoorne in 17th.

Kevin Magnussen complained of encountering traffic "every single lap" as he wound up only 18th quickest, less than two tenths clear of Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber.

Wehrlein lapped slowest of all, 0.315s down on Ericsson, and ended up with his Sauber missing its rear wing after he approached Turn 1 on too wide a line and lost the rear of the car under braking.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m11.459s
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m11.789s 0.330s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m12.177s 0.718s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m12.252s 0.793s
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m12.403s 0.944s
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m12.557s 1.098s
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m12.858s 1.399s
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m13.018s 1.559s
9 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m13.135s 1.676s
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m13.271s 1.812s
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m13.690s
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m13.693s
13 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m13.756s
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m13.839s
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m14.293s
16 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m14.182s
17 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m14.209s
18 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m14.318s
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m14.495s
20 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m14.810s

Da Autosport.com

Canadian GP: Sebastian Vettel leads Ferrari one-two in FP3

Sebastian Vettel headed a Ferrari one-two in final Formula 1 practice for the Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal.

The championship leader clocked a 1m12.572s with ultra-soft tyres on his qualifying-simulation to finish 0.292s clear of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

Vettel’s title rival Lewis Hamilton, who was told by his Mercedes team that he was losing time in the final sector, was third quickest, 0.354s off the pace.

Mercedes chose to run the super-softs to begin its final practice programme, while Ferrari spent the session focusing on using the ultra-soft.

It was Vettel who set the early pace, when the track was dusty once again, with Raikkonen keeping him honest just over a tenth back.

When the teams took out the fuel ready to focus on qualifying preparation, Vettel was among the first out to take advantage of a quieter track.

The German completed a five-lap run on the ultra-softs, with his pace-setting time coming on the fifth and final effort.

Hamilton started off 0.506s adrift before making small improvements to close the gap but he ultimately had to settle for third.

Valtteri Bottas, who got baulked by traffic and then couldn’t put a clean lap together in subsequent attempts, was fifth.

While Mercedes and Ferrari completed their low-fuel runs with around 20 minutes to go, Max Verstappen left it until the final few minutes.

The Red Bull driver made the most of a track that was ramping up to leap ahead of Bottas and finish fourth quickest, 0.393s off the pace.

His team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who made up for lost running in FP2 with a tally of 35 laps that included an opening 16-lap run, was eighth, nearly sixth tenths adrift.

Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg was an impressive sixth, lapping within a second of Vettel late on, with Felipe Massa slotting into seventh in the Williams.

Force India’s Esteban Ocon and Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr completed the top 10 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Fernando Alonso was the leading McLaren in 12th, 1.313s off the pace and three tenths clear of team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne.

Lance Stroll, driving in front of his home crowd, was 18th quickest, 1.837s off the pace and nearly a second adrift of team-mate Massa.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m12.572s 20
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m12.864s 0.292s 19
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m12.926s 0.354s 22
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m12.965s 0.393s 22
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m13.210s 0.638s 24
6 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m13.493s 0.921s 20
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m13.527s 0.955s 22
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m13.545s 0.973s 35
9 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m13.635s 1.063s 26
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m13.667s 1.095s 22
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m13.788s 1.216s 23
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m13.885s 1.313s 18
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m13.956s 1.384s 27
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m13.994s 1.422s 19
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m14.102s 1.530s 22
16 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m14.228s 1.656s 22
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m14.392s 1.820s 18
18 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m14.409s 1.837s 25
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m14.883s 2.311s 25
20 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m14.965s 2.393s 25

Da Autosport.com

GP Canada, prove libere venerdì–09/06/2017

Canadian GP FP2: Kimi Raikkonen fastest ahead of Lewis Hamilton

Kimi Raikkonen set the pace in the second Formula 1 practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Finn clocked a 1m12.935s at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal to finish 0.215 seconds clear of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas were third and fourth respectively with the top four separated by 0.375s.

The super-soft was the tyre of choice for the early running, before teams turned their attention to the ultra-softs for qualifying simulations.

Vettel was among the first to do his low-fuel run and promptly went quickest, with team-mate Raikkonen slotting into second.

Raikkonen then improved to go fastest, with Hamilton moving up into second and Vettel demoted to third.

Max Verstappen was the leading Red Bull in fifth, 0.453s off the pace, but his session was curtailed 20 minutes early when he stopped out on track with a gearbox problem.

The session was red-flagged while the teenager’s car was recovered from the side of the track between Turns 7 and 8.

It compounded a frustrating afternoon for the team, with Daniel Ricciardo spending most of the session in the garage after suffering an engine problem.

Felipe Massa was sixth, but he was nearly seven tenths further back in the Williams, with Fernando Alonso bouncing back from a late start to the session to go seventh at the chequered flag.

Esteban Ocon, Daniil Kvyat and Sergio Perez completed the top 10.

Romain Grosjean was 11th after he endured a frustrating session, spinning twice at Turn 6 and once at Turn 1 before ranting on the radio to his team about the situation.

Kimi Raikkonen set the pace in the second Formula 1 practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Finn clocked a 1m12.935s at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal to finish 0.215 seconds clear of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas were third and fourth respectively with the top four separated by 0.375s.

The super-soft was the tyre of choice for the early running, before teams turned their attention to the ultra-softs for qualifying simulations.

Vettel was among the first to do his low-fuel run and promptly went quickest, with team-mate Raikkonen slotting into second.

Raikkonen then improved to go fastest, with Hamilton moving up into second and Vettel demoted to third.

Max Verstappen was the leading Red Bull in fifth, 0.453s off the pace, but his session was curtailed 20 minutes early when he stopped out on track with a gearbox problem.

The session was red-flagged while the teenager’s car was recovered from the side of the track between Turns 7 and 8.

It compounded a frustrating afternoon for the team, with Daniel Ricciardo spending most of the session in the garage after suffering an engine problem.

Felipe Massa was sixth, but he was nearly seven tenths further back in the Williams, with Fernando Alonso bouncing back from a late start to the session to go seventh at the chequered flag.

Esteban Ocon, Daniil Kvyat and Sergio Perez completed the top 10.

Romain Grosjean was 11th after he endured a frustrating session, spinning twice at Turn 6 and once at Turn 1 before ranting on the radio to his team about the situation.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m12.935s 41
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m13.150s 0.215s 41
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m13.200s 0.265s 41
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m13.310s 0.375s 42
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m13.388s 0.453s 25
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m14.063s 1.128s 38
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m14.245s 1.310s 19
8 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m14.299s 1.364s 46
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m14.461s 1.526s 38
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m14.501s 1.566s 41
11 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m14.566s 1.631s 33
12 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m14.604s 1.669s 38
13 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m14.621s 1.686s 43
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m14.676s 1.741s 35
15 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m15.072s 2.137s 8
16 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m15.127s 2.192s 40
17 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m15.240s 2.305s 40
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m15.611s 2.676s 31
19 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m15.624s 2.689s 20
20 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m16.308s 3.373s 31

Da Autosport.com

Lewis Hamilton quickest for Mercedes in first Canadian GP practice

Lewis Hamilton edged out Formula 1 title rival Sebastian Vettel for the quickest time in opening Canadian Grand Prix practice.

Mercedes driver Hamilton clocked a 1m13.809s on Pirelli’s ultra-soft tyres to finish just 0.198 seconds ahead of championship leader Vettel at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas was third quickest, 0.237s off the pace, with Kimi Raikkonen completing the top four a further two tenths back in the second Ferrari.

The track was very dusty early on, with Raikkonen spinning on the exit of the Turn 7 chicane and Vettel following suit between Turns 1 and 2 but both continued.

Hamilton had a moment at Turn 6, the three-time world champion losing the rear turning in before catching it, while Nico Hulkenberg spun his Renault between Turns 6 and 7.

Following that scare, Hamilton set the early pace ahead of Bottas, with Mercedes beginning its programme on the super-softs and Ferrari focusing on the ultra-softs.

When Mercedes switched to the ultra-softs in the second-half of the session, Bottas and Hamilton traded fastest times.

After the first flurry of laps, it was Bottas who held the edge, the Finn 0.127s faster than his team-mate.

But Hamilton, who was told he could find time through Turns 6/7 and 8/9, hooked together a cleaner lap to sneak ahead by 0.085s.

The lap times continued to tumble as the track cleaned up, with Vettel slotting into second.

Bottas then locked up on the entry to the pits, with Mercedes determining that the front-right was too badly flat-spotted to run anymore and ending his session early.

Force India had a strong session, with Sergio Perez fifth and team-mate Esteban Ocon sixth, completing a top six within one second of each other.

Max Verstappen was the leading Red Bull in seventh, 1.052s off the pace.

Felipe Massa, Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top 10.

Lance Stroll, driving in front of his home crowd, was 12th, 1.2s slower than Williams team-mate Massa.

It was not until the final third of the session that F1 returnee Fernando Alonso set his first timed lap, but soon after he was told by McLaren to stop and switch the car off immediately.

Alonso came to a halt at the hairpin, launched his headrest from the car and then threw it back into the cockpit.

McLaren later confirmed a loss of hydraulic pressure was the reason behind the stoppage, with the cause still being investigated.

Carlos Sainz Jr’s session lasted just a few corners, the Spaniard pulling off track after the hairpin on his installation lap with smoke coming from the back of his Toro Rosso-Renault.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m13.809s 36
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m14.007s 0.198s 28
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m14.046s 0.237s 21
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m14.230s 0.421s 28
5 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m14.578s 0.769s 34
6 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m14.785s 0.976s 35
7 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m14.861s 1.052s 19
8 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m15.106s 1.297s 31
9 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m15.441s 1.632s 23
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m15.658s 1.849s 26
11 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m15.943s 2.134s 29
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m16.233s 2.424s 25
13 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m16.313s 2.504s 36
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m16.345s 2.536s 18
15 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m16.473s 2.664s 27
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m16.521s 2.712s 13
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m16.805s 2.996s 24
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m17.004s 3.195s 26
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m17.606s 3.797s 28
20 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1

Da Autosport.com

“Nulla da dichiarare”, GP Canada giovedì–08/06/2017

Kimi Raikkonen: Sebastian Vettel is not number one at Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen has refuted claims his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel is the Formula 1 team’s number one driver in this year’s championship battle.

Vettel won the Monaco Grand Prix after jumping Raikkonen in the pitstops, with the four-time world champion denying the strategy was part of any plan from Ferrari to switch the order of its cars to benefit its title hopes.

The German’s title rival Lewis Hamilton suggested Ferrari had favoured Vettel, and that it was clear it had chosen him as its lead driver in the championship fight.

When asked by Autosport if Ferrari had a policy that determined Vettel is the number one, Raikkonen said: "No, we don’t have anything.

"But when it comes to that point in the season, when one guy has a chance and the other guy doesn’t have chance, it’s normal.

"It’s like it’s always been in any team I’ve been in F1.

"I don’t have any issues with that, I think it’s fair game.

"We fight until we can and if we have to do something else, then fair enough."

Regarding Hamilton’s comments, Raikkonen said: "I don’t know how much he knows about other teams.

"Whatever he thinks is fine for me.

"We know what we do and sometimes this kind of things happen – it’s nothing unusual.

"Yes, as always [we are free to race].

"We know our rules in the team, we know what the team wants and it’s simple as that.

"We race as hard as we can.

"We always try to beat each other, one guy will be in front every time.

"This time it happened like that. It happens."

When asked if the deal with Ferrari is that he’s number one, Vettel said "No, it’s not."

He added: "At this point of year it makes no sense because you have so many races to go.

"We are not trying to waste energy on what people think we are doing.

"We are doing our best, and as I said we have a clear policy."

Raikkonen cut a disconsolate figure on the Monaco podium but he insists he was not frustrated with the team but rather with that fact he had finished second.

"I’m not mad," he said. "I was never mad.

"I was not happy to finish second – simple as that."

Raikkonen ‘decided’ on future

Raikkonen, whose contract expires at the end of the season, suggested he has crystallised his plans for 2018 but was remaining tight-lipped.

"I have [worked out my plans] but it’s nothing I need to share with any of you," he said.

"It’s none of your business – you keep writing anyway – so it doesn’t change [anything].

"The people who need to know know. We’ll see what happens."

He added: "I have no contract for next year.

"There are always a lot of rumours about my contract every year.

"What happened in Monaco is nothing to do with my contract."

Da Autosport.com

GP Canada, commenti post gara–12/06/2016

Kimi Raikkonen’s recent form in F1 ‘not ideal’

Kimi Raikkonen concedes his form in the last two Formula 1 grands prix has not been ideal after he trailed home sixth in the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Finn finished just under a minute behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who was in contention for victory, and it came after he crashed out at the previous race in Monaco.

When asked on Sunday night how he would rate his performance so far this season, Raikkonen said: "This race and the last race wasn’t ideal.

"Hopefully we will get things running more smoothly the next race and get back where we should be.

"It wasn’t the ideal weekend but we still take the points that we got even though it’s not what we want."

When asked to rate his season so far out of 10, Raikkonen said: "I don’t need to put any numbers.

"I’m sure I could have done better certain things but we’ve done what we could and it’s pointless to put any numbers."

Raikkonen admitted he struggled to get the tyres to work, particularly in the final sector at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

"The car was pretty OK on certain points but on the last sector always at this track it’s difficult to keep the tyres working after the straights," he said.

"Then it was OK after Turn 2 when we went through the corners and then it went through the same loop every lap so I struggled to keep the heat in the tyres.

"When the tyres work it seems to be OK but that’s how it was."

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said the Finn was asked to fuel save, which in turn meant he lost tyre temperature.

"I spoke with him and he said he was doing a lot of overtaking, and he was asked [to do] fuel saving," he said.

"Every time we were asking him to save fuel, he slowed down and the tyres were losing temperature, and it was not easy to catch up.

"Sometimes it happens that certain weekends are perfect and others are not."

Da Autosport.com

Ferrari tried to reverse Raikkonen pit call

Ferrari tried to reverse its decision to pit Kimi Raikkonen under the Virtual Safety Car during the Canadian Grand Prix but was too late.

Raikkonen followed team-mate Sebastian Vettel in pitting during the Virtual Safety Car (VSC) period and going for a two-stop strategy, with Vettel leading at the time but going on to finish second behind Lewis Hamilton. Raikkonen entered the pits just as the VSC came to an end and rejoined in traffic, and the Finn revealed Ferrari tried to react at the last minute.

"We decided to stop but in the last second they tried to call me to stay out because the Virtual Safety Car was ending, but I was already braking into the pit lane and it was too late," Raikkonen said. "Would it have made a lot of difference? I don’t know, you can always speculate.

"It hasn’t been an easy weekend and we tried to get the maximum after the stop. We managed to overtake people , but obviously the end result was not exactly what we wanted, but this is what we got."

And Raikkonen says he was struggling to get heat in his tyres which was hurting his pace as he eventually came home sixth.

"Of course not [happy], but this is what we’ve got. When I had to slow down to save fuel the tyres would cool down and then I struggled to make them work. I lost most of the race on that, trying to get the tyres to work.

"The last sector was the biggest issue because the tyres would lose temperature in the long straight and then I would struggle for a few corners, before the tyres would work well again. Every lap was the same story."

Da GPToday.com

GP Canada, commenti post qualifiche–11/06/2016

Kimi Raikkonen blames hairpin struggles for poor F1 qualifying

Kimi Raikkonen believes difficulties at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve’s Turn 10 hairpin cost him in Formula 1 qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Ferrari driver could only qualify sixth on the grid, 0.767s off pole, while team-mate Sebastian Vettel was third and just 0.178s slower than Lewis Hamilton’s grid-topping time.

"We struggled a bit in Turn 10 through the whole qualifying," Raikkonen told reporters after the session.

"We lost a bit of time all the time with front [wheel] locking.

"We struggled to make the front turn very well at Turn 10 so in the entry we took a hit for that.

"That was probably the biggest issue we had, the rest wasn’t too bad.

"There were good places [around the lap] and then certain places where we struggled, and you can give away a lot of laptime here.

"Unfortunately, here when you have a small issue before the straights you’re going to take a big penalty on laptime and that’s how it was in qualifying."

Raikkonen wasn’t happy with his car during Friday practice, but he said Ferrari had made gains in the areas that were causing problems earlier in the weekend.

"We improved a lot from yesterday, just small things [still causing problems]," he added.

"Yesterday we struggled with many things, but today the car was a lot better.

"Tomorrow, I’m certain the car will be better in the race, but it’s not easy from where we are starting."

Asked if he could feel the difference from Ferrari’s turbo upgrade for this weekend, Raikkonen said: "It’s very hard to say.

"It’s very hard to pick up on the little differences in the car when you are testing things,

"It has to be a massive difference to say that you feel it."

Da Autosport.com